UK Drone Law
What specifications, rules and laws are there according to the new UK Drone Regulation for the new one DJI Mavic 3 Pro drone with the Drone class C2?
Important: This article deals exclusively with the DJI Mavic 3 Pro. Other drone models may fall into a different weight class or drone class and are therefore covered in separate articles: UK Drone Regulation by Drone Model
The DJI Mavic 3 Pro owns one of the first drones an UK classification or certification in terms of the new UK drone regulation. She was called the drone of Drone class C2 certified, due to their take-off weight (MTOM) of over 900 grams. This puts it in drone class C2 (900 grams to 4kg) with special requirements for this drone.
Here one List of specificationswhich must be fulfilled when operating this drone:
For the DJI Mavic 3 Pro is definitely one Drone insurance required. Although this is not explicitly stipulated in the UK drone regulation, it is in the English air traffic law (LuftVG § 43 – see here). In addition to the UK drone law, the specifications and laws of the individual UK countries continue to apply.
However, this is less complex and expensive than most people think. A good Drone insurance is cheap and only costs a few pounds a year. Liability insurance for a drone can be easily purchased online and often even without a contract period be completed.
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Specifications DJI Mavic 3 Pro
Based on the UK drone law and its C2 drone class, the DJI Mavic 3 Pro drone can be used in the Category OPEN (Open) and in the Subcategory A3 (far away from uninvolved people) or even in the Category OPEN A2 (closer to uninvolved people). Which of the two categories applies depends on the pilot’s drone license.
This means in detail:
- if the DJI Mavic 3 Pro is only to be operated in sub-category A3 of the OPEN category (i.e. far away from people and at a minimum distance of 150 m from residential areas / residential properties, commercial, industrial or recreational areas), then only the small UK drone license (UK proof of competence) required.
However, if the drone is not only to be operated in subcategory A3 of the OPEN category (i.e. far away from people and at a minimum distance of 150 m from residential areas/residential properties, commercial, industrial or recreational areas), but also in category A2 (in a safer Distance to people – i.e. at least 30 meters distance to bystanders in normal flight mode or at least 5 meters distance in slow mode), that’s the large UK drone license (UK long-distance pilot certificate) required (and thus also the UK proof of competence, since this small UK drone driver’s license is the prerequisite for the large UK drone driver’s license):
All information about the UK drone licenses
- it is one Registration of the drone operator (i.e. usually a registration of the pilot) at the Federal Aviation Office (LBA). It is not necessary to register the drone itself or each individual drone. The operator of the unmanned aerial vehicle system (UAS operator) receives an electronic registration number (e-ID) there, which he must visibly attach to the drone (see below).
Information on UK registration for drone pilots & UAS operators
- It is an identification of the drone, for example by means of drone license plate / UK Drone Badge required, which must include UAS operator registration number
- This UAS operator ID must not only be affixed visibly to the outside of the drone, for example, but also entered in the firmware / software of the drone in the case of classified drones. This is usually possible in the manufacturer’s app. For DJI drones, this is done in the DJI Fly app in the settings under “Security” > “Drone identification” > “Registration no. of the pilot”. This ID and the position of the drone are then sent permanently during the flight.
- it is drone insurance / Drone liability mandatory – to the drone insurance comparison
What can I do with the DJI Mavic 3 Pro?
- the allowed maximum flight altitude is 120 meters over ground
- Flight only in sight (VLOS = Visual Line Of Sight). Exception: the drone flies in follow-me mode (also called ActiveTrack or FocusTrack at DJI) or an observer stands next to the pilot and instead has the drone in view and is in constant contact with the pilot
- Respect privacy – no recordings of people without permission
- flying is allowed in all subcategories of the OPEN category (subcategories A1, A2 and A3). So even around people – even by uninvolved persons: Details on the OPEN category in the UK drone regulation.
- no crowds / crowds of people should be flown over
- should uninvolved persons be unexpectedly overflown, this overflight must be ended as quickly as possible
- that is flying also in residential areas / allowed over residential lots
- the manufacturer’s instructions for use (i.e. the DJI specifications / manual / tutorials for the DJI Mavic 3 Pro) must be read and observed
- the DJI Mavic 3 Pro is allowed from one Minimum age of 16 years to be flown alone. It is also possible to fly under the age of 16 if the flight is supervised by a person authorized to fly.
Where can I fly?
- not near emergency operations (accident / disaster / fire)
- maximum flight altitude is 120 meters
- Does the pilot own only the small UK drone license (UK proof of competence), a minimum distance of 150 m to residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas applies to the DJI Mavic 3 Pro. It may only be flown in areas that are free of bystanders.
With the extra major UK drone license (UK long-distance pilot certificate) the pilot may fly in normal flight mode up to 30 meters to uninvolved people. In slow mode, the pilot can even fly up to 5 meters from bystanders. In addition, there is no longer a minimum distance to residential areas etc.
- no-fly zones are to be observed – these are not only uniformly regulated in the UK drone regulation, but also country-specific and specified in the so-called GEO system or the GEO zones.
For the UK, the requirements of the Air Traffic Regulations (LuftVO) apply here – specifically §21h. More details here:
LuftVO the UK – national drone law.
The LuftVO §21h includes, for example:
- 1 km lateral distance to airfields and airports as well as 5 km distance in extension of the runway
- 100 m lateral distance to traffic routes (motorways / federal trunk roads / waterways / railway systems)
- 100m lateral distance to energy production facilities (overhead lines and power plants) / places of accident etc.
- no flight over residential property without the express permission of the owner. The only exception: drones under 250g without a camera.
- no flight over nature reserves
- There are also exceptions to the individual points! Details: see link above to the Air Regulation.
- currently published the English air traffic control (DFS) the No Fly Zones / GEO Zones / No Fly Zones / FlySafe Zones in their DRONIQ appwhich you can download for free in the Apple App Store and Google PlayStore
to the complete UK drone regulation
(All statements without guarantee!)
Based on the Regulation for the Operation of Unnamed Aerial Systems (UAV) – Implementing Regulation UK 2022/947
Youtube video on the UK Drone Regulation 2022 and DJI Mavic 3 Pro:
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UK Drone Regulation and DJI Mavic 3 Pro – FAQ
Do I need an UK drone pilot’s license for the DJI Mavic 3 Pro (proof of competence / UK long-distance pilot certificate)?
Since the DJI Mavic 3 Pro has been certified according to drone class C2, at least the small UK drone driver’s license (UK proof of competence) is required if you fly far away from people (A3).
However, if you want to fly closer to people or, for example, residential areas / houses (A2), the large UK drone driver’s license (UK long-distance pilot certificate) is also required.
All information about the UK drone license can be found here.
Do I need drone insurance / liability for the DJI Mavic 3 Pro according to the UK drone regulation?
Yes. Drone liability insurance is required by law for almost all drones. However, this is not regulated in the UK drone regulation but in state aviation law.
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Do I have to register the DJI Mavic 3 Pro or myself as a pilot and do I need an UK drone license plate?
Yes. The operator of the drone (usually also the pilot at the same time) must be registered with the Federal Aviation Authority (LBA). The electronic registration number (e-ID) must then also be visibly attached to the drone using the UK drone license plate. The drone itself does not need to be registered – only the operator. Here you can find all information about the UK drone pilot registration.
Which drone class does the DJI Mavic 3 Pro have?
Since the DJI Mavic 3 Pro has a take-off weight of over 900 grams, it has been assigned to drone class C2.